Mathews Byzantine Lectures
The Mathews Byzantine Lectures, begun in the 2021–22 academic year, bring a distinguished scholar of Byzantine studies to campus each year to deliver a talk, supported by the Rev. Constantine Mathews Endowment for Excellence in Byzantine Christianity in the Medieval Institute.
The third annual lecture was given by Theodora Antonopoulou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, on "Religion, Politics, and Identities in Byzantium: Aspects of Medieval Greek Homilies."
The second lecture was given by Professor Olivier Delouis (CNRS, Maison française d'Oxford) on "Writing Byzantine History with the Archives of Mount Athos: The Odds and Perils of Uneven Sources," on February 23, 2023.
The inaugural lecture, given by Professor Emerita Margaret Mullett (OBE), a past Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, was held December 2, 2021.
About the Mathews Lectures
The Mathews Lectures bring a distinguished scholar of Byzantine studies to campus each year to deliver a talk, supported by the Rev. Constantine Mathews Endowment for Excellence in Byzantine Christianity in the Medieval Institute. Vasilios Mathews and Nikiforos Mathews established the endowment to honor their father, the Reverend Constantine Mathews, who earned a Masters Degree in Liturgical Studies at Notre Dame in 1977. During a half-century of dedicated ministry, Father Mathews served as presiding parish priest at St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church in South Bend, followed by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Stamford, Connecticut.
Learn more about these lectures and Byzantine Studies in a conversation with the inaugural Mathews lecturer, Margaret Mullett, OBE, and Alexis Torrance, director of the Byzantine Studies Program:
About the Byzantine Studies Program
The Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is fast becoming one of the top institutions for Byzantine Studies in the world. Byzantine Studies explores the history and culture of Byzantium, or the Greek-speaking Roman Empire. Despite the immense cultural, economic, and military power of this empire, which lasted over a millennium after the fall of Rome, the Byzantine world has received comparatively little attention from American scholars, a state of affairs Notre Dame set out to change.
Learn more about our Byzantine Studies Program.